Movies at Main St: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)

Sullivan's Travels cast posing

Main Street Landing’s weekly movie series brings great classic cinema to the Burlington area. It is a free event open to the public on a first come first served basis. We accept donations at the door to benefit a local non-profit. Movies at Main Street Landing offers the non-profit organization the platform to raise money, to receive advertising exposure, and to promote their cause. 

These weekly screenings culturally enrich the Burlington community –  free classic films presented weekly on our big 25 foot movie screen with Dolby surround sound. Every Tuesday Night at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Landing Film House, Third Floor of the Lake and College Building, at Sixty Lake Street, in Burlington, Vermont.


The Coen brothers got the title for their film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” as well as its premise, from Preston Sturges’s 1941 inside-Hollywood comedy, “Sullivan’s Travels”. In the heart of the Depression, Sturges—already renowned for his comedies—made a movie about a director, John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), who is renowned for his comedies but dreams of making a serious movie about the lives of the poor—a movie that he’d call “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Watching Sturges’s masterpiece , it’s easy to see how the Coen brothers also modelled their screenwriting style—with its conspicuous coinages, sassy catchphrases, and blend of the high-flown with recondite slang—on Sturges one of the first writer/directors in Hollywood. They also took from Sturges the fundamental tension between the desire to say something and the need to show something. If you have never seen this film and are a Cohn Brother’s fan it is a film that should not be missed!